Occasionally there are cases that just go cold for the police. They beg to be solved, but no one can quite solve them and there has been no new evidence.
Below is a list of the 10 most shocking crimes that have managed to elude the best police minds for decades. Try your hand and see if you could crack them.
1. The Alphabet Murders
It was the 1970s and news had just broke out about three young girls, all from Rochester, New York, had been found murdered. The key part linking these victims together were actually their names. Carmen Colon was found near Churchville, Michelle Maenza was found in Macedon and Wanda Walcowicz was found in Webster. All the victims had the first letter of their first and last name matching. It was a bizarre case.
While the case has gone cold and no conviction was ever made, there is one suspect that police believe to be their man. His name is Joseph Naso and he was convicted for a similar murder in California. One of the victims he was convicted of killing was Carmen Colon, whose name fits the calling card of the Alphabet Killer in New York and one of the victims from New York had that exact name. It is believed that Naso was a photographer who traveled between the two coasts taking photographs. In his diary there is even mention of a murder in “Buffalo woods.”
Despite so many similarities, the DNA evidence was able to rule him out as a suspect and the police have failed to find another suspect. Could the alphabet killer still be roaming freely in Buffalo?
2. The Jamison Family Disappearance
In 2009, the Jamison family went to look at a new home for sale in Red Oak, Oklahoma when they suddenly vanished. Bobby Jamison, his wife Sherilynn and their daughter Madyson were never seen alive again. A few days later after their disappearance their truck was located. Inside were the family’s IDs, cellphones and even the family dog all inside. Despite all of this, there was no trace of the Jamison family.
Perhaps most bizarre is what was also found in thet ruck. $32,000 in cold hard cash was found inside the truck. It would take until 4 years later before the Jamison family’s bodies would ever be discovered. However an explanation for the money, why it was left behind and ultimately what had happened to the family remain a mystery.
Sherilynn’s mother has come up with a theory of her own: a mysterious cult kidnapped the family and then murdered them. At this point, it’s the only theory anyone has ever come up with for the Jamison’s bizarre disappearance.
3. Jimmy Hoffa
The story of Jimmy Hoffa’s sudden disappearance has become somewhat of a running joke, even among conspiracy theorists. It has been referenced in big blockbuster movies like Bruce Almighty but it is also a disappearance that may never be solved. Hoffa was the former head of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which is America’s largest union.
But perhaps most important to his disappearance is that he was connected to the Mafia and ended up serving time in prison. That prison sentence was what lead him to lose his job as a union president. There was meant to a be meeting between a pair of Mafia leaders and Hoffa outside of Detroit, but the mafia leaders failed to show up and Hoffa was never seen again.
There have been many places where Hoffa was rumored to be buried, such as the Giants Stadium in New York and even a Detroit Suburb, but all investigations into these areas has turned up nothing. The FBI is convinced that Hoffa is dead and is buried somewhere. However others believe that Hoffa may still be alive today.
4. Jonathan Luna’s “Suicide”
Jonathan Luna was a U.S. Attorney from Baltimore. Some believe this to be the key to his mysterious death. Luna was last seen alive leaving his work at night. Witnesses say that that he left without the glasses that he usually wore while driving. The next morning, Luna’s car was found in a creek in Delaware.
Luna was found underneath his own car in the creek, but his body had been stabbed a total of 36 times. However the police argued that he died due to drowning and as such ruled his death as a suicide. The FBI in particular has insisted that Luna was alone when he died despite there being a second blood sample and even a finger print found at the crime scene.
During the investigation, it was revealed that $36,000 in evidence from a bank robbery case Luna was prosecuting had gone missing. Luna had been scheduled to take a lie detector about the missing money a few days after his untimely death. However that is all we know about his case.
5. The Black Dahila Murder
The murder-mystery of Elizabeth Short, often nicknamed the Black Dahlia by newspapers, began when her body was found in Los Angeles back in 1947. To this day the mystery puzzles investigators and has remained unsolved for over 70 years. Elizabeth short had cuts all over her body and her body had been cut in half before she was dumped in the vacant lot.
However when police investigated further, the case was even more gruesome than they first saw. Short’s blood had been completely drained out and the killer had even washed her body before it was put back. To make matters worse, the media’s obsession with the case interfered with police work and to this day Short’s killer has never been identified, let alone convicted for their crimes.
Though some clever citizens believe that the Black Dahlia murderer went on to become the Zodiac Killer, who we will cover later on.
6. D.B. Cooper
On November 24, 1971 a man only known as “Don Cooper” purchased a one way airline ticket to Seattle. During the flight, the man hijacked the flight by claiming he had explosives in his briefcase. He then demanded $200,000 (which is worth more than $1 million dollars today) in cash and a parachute.
When the plane landed the money, along with the parachute was given to Cooper who then immediately ordered that the plane take off once more. During the flight then, Cooper jumped out at around 10,000 feet, located somewhere between Seattle and Reno. The mysterious Don Cooper was the only successful case of “air piracy” ever recorded in history.
Ever since the disappearance of Don Cooper, the FBI has investigated over a 1,000 possible suspects and have yet to ever find him. Some experts believe that Cooper died while making the famous jump, but no body was ever found. As for the money, only a handful of the marked bills he was given have ever been found. It is unknown if he ever used any of it.
7. Dorothy Jane Scott’s Disappearance
Dorothy Jane Scott was a single mother working as a secretary in 1980. Her last sighting was her car seen leaving a hospital parking lot the night of her disappearance. However none of co-workers could confirm that it was her driving it. The only lead the police have to her disappearance is the disturbing phone calls she received in the months leading up to her disappearance.
A caller who appeared to have been stalking Scott would call her, admit his love to her, then threaten her and end by describing her daily activities. Enough to unsettle anyone. Perhaps most unsettling was when the caller had told her to go outside her store where a “single dead red rose [laid] on the windshield of her car,” according to Scott’s mother.
However even after Scott was kidnapped, the calls continued, this time targeting her parents. The caller would often call up and ask if Dorothy was at home. Reportedly at one time he even said that “I’ve got her”. Tragically Scott’s remains were later discovered in 1984. Her killer still remains unknown to this day.
8. The Zodiac Killer
One of the most elusive murderers yet is known only as the Zodiac Killer. At least 4 men and 3 women can be linked to the masked killer who roamed Northern California during the 1960s and 1970s. However there are many more murders that the Zodiac killer has claimed in the coded messages he sent to police stations and newspapers alike.
In one of the messages sent, the Zodiac killer said.
I like killing people because it so much fun it is more fun than killing wild game in the forrest because man is the most dangeroue anamal of all.
Despite numerous police sketches, handwriting samples and even eyewitness sightings no suspect has ever been identified and the California Department of Justice continues to keep an open file on the Zodiac hoping one day more evidence will come forward.
9. JonBenet Ramsey’s Murder
A decades-long search to find the murderer of child beauty pageant queen Jon Benet Ramsey has become almost an obsession for many Americans. Ramsey was murdered on Christmas night of 1996 or perhaps even the morning after. The body was stashed in the basement of the family’s home in Boulder, Colorado.
Police first heard about the case when Ramsey’s parents called in about a ransom note that they claimed was left by the kidnappers. Then 8 hours later the parents called in to say that they discovered her body in their own home. Aside from information found during the autopsy such as the cause of death being a broken skull and strangulation, no other information is reliable enough.
Recently the case has been brought up against when a TV documentary called The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey cmae up with the theory that the murderer may have actually been her younger brother, Burke who accidentally killed her by striking her with a flashlight. Though there isn’t any further evidence to support this and we may never know what truly happened.
10. William Desmond Taylor’s Murder
Though his legacy has faded with time, Taylor was a famous director and even a famous movie star back from when film first started out. However even his death is a perfect setup for the silver screen, straight out of a thriller movie.
Taylor’s body was found in his home, along with a large amount of money in his wallet, a silver cigarette case in his pocket and a 2 carat ring on his finger. It clearly wasn’t a robbery gone wrong, so the only motive left was murder. But why?
However the list of suspects was long, effectively including anyone who was big in the film industry, including movie stars like Mabel Normand, Mary miles Minter and even extending up to Paramount executive Charles Eyton. However no charges were ever filed. Some suspect that the police were told to drop the case when they learned it could have put many rich film industry people possibly in prison.